Hero Stutterers with VR

Support tool that helps stutterers make strategies to succeed in a job interview. VR application that reproduces real interview experience. Workshop design that enables stutterers to experience both.

The problem that focuses on is the employment, job hunting problem for people who stutter as my thesis topic. I asked them which phase most felt the barriers of stuttering to identify the pain point in their life. As a result, there was no problem even if there was much psychological and mental stress as students because friends and teachers could care about them. However, I realized that when they graduate from college and looking for a job, they should face a big obstacle because of judgment by hiring people. Then most of the stuttering people decide to go to the private therapy because they feel they really need a help at that time.

  • Role Social Impact Design
  • For Stuttering people who cover their symptom
  • Date 2017
  • URL www.wearestarter.com/

Stuttering is my thesis topic. What is stuttering? Stuttering is a type of speech disorder that people cannot speak fluently. Many people have secondary issues such as depression and social anxiety disorders.

After reviewing the life journey of stutter, I identified the transition period after college is the most stressful. Because here there going through big challenges but support system is lesser compared to previous stages.

Job hunting is stressful for people who stutter. But is it true?

This matter because research has shown. People see stutter as less capable and as a result, they make less money.

The problem that focuses on is the job hunting problem.

I interviewed and researched from these stakeholders.

In order to clarify the fundamental cause, I interviewed stuttering people who are looking for the job. He is Daniel, he applied to job many times but he couldn’t get the job. He feels nervousness and anxiety while taking a job interview.

He is Glen, he always hide his stuttering. He thinks hiring people can judge his stuttering negatively, this is stressful for him.

I clarified the job hunting process to identify where the problem is happened.

I clarified the job hunting process to identify where the problem is happened.

As a result, I found that interviewing with HR and management people is the most problematic phase in the whole job hunting process.

Tom, he is board of director of National Stuttering Association. He also hires employer at his own company. He said “To pass the interview, we have to make sure everything is perfect, look confident and successful. Being confidence can increase the rate of getting a job.” I found out that the fundamental cause is whether they have a self-confidence, not stuttering itself.

Based on these research insights, I clarified a problem statement.

People who stutter that are transitioning from school to work life lack the confidence and positive outlook needed to overcome social anxiety for job interviews, and other necessary social interactions.

To get a way of success, I interviewed with the people who got through the interview. Her name is Jia, she was proud of her stuttering, so she always explains her stuttering positively every interview.

Her name is Spring, she talked that she is stronger and more resilient than other candidates thanks to stuttering during job interview.

People who cannot get through the job interview need a strategy that is to switch it from a negative loop to a positive loop. Negative stutter are lacking of strategy to use self-appealing.

The key concept is that “Changing the perspective toward stuttering disability”.

To establish the concept, I researched some articles, which name is reclaim the confidence published from IDEO and Harvard business review, which is showing how people are able to touch snakes. Process to get a self confidence is that experiencing one small success after another, then people can achieve the biggest goal finally.

Based on these research insights, I made a thesis statement to describe my idea.

How might we build a step by step system for people who stutter to help overcome their fear by changing their perspective toward stuttering?

The solution is being a certified stutterer. How do they become being proud of stuttering disorder?

These are main key players of my thesis idea.

This is outline of idea that getting self-confidence. I will break it down.

This is the first step. People who stutter can write their own positive story by hand. This story can be used as a strategy to give a positive impression to the interviewer.

This is worksheet to make a positive story. What is the structure? 1) The company management people categorize employees based on workplace thinking style. 2) Combined this thinking style and positive thinking style about stuttering to make a structure of story. 3) People who stutter can make positive story based on hero journey storyline. 4) By combining they can make storyboard and script to use for job interview.

The purpose of worksheet is to connect positive stories to characteristic that employers find attractive.

I tested my worksheet with Daniel, so he gave me some feedback. 1) He wanted to see online how other people create positive stories and how they use them in actual job interviews. 2) He wanted to write about personal positive thoughts.

This is Glen’s feedback. He needs instruction. He wanted to know how to apply the necessary way of thinking for team work to his own personal story. He was embarrassing for him to write his own personal story.

This is Yuko, she is speech language pathologist and stutter. Her feedback was very positive. It helped her own story become clearer by outputting. Made it easy to write along the lines of a hero’s storyline.

I got two insights through testing the prototype of worksheet. Worksheet which people can create a practical story that is usable in actual job interviews is necessary. Open platform where people who stutter can share positive feedback is necessary.

This is second step, they publish the positive story offline and online Usually they don’t want to show their weakness in public.

This is prototype image of profile card to publish it offline. They can use it to introduce themselves, and show their story to others.

This is website to publish positive stories online.

Website portfolio.mods.jp/Coloredstutter/index.html

Website portfolio.mods.jp/Coloredstutter/index.html

This is third step. They practice how to use a script with virtual interviewer to the job interview by using VR.

I made a prototype which is virtual conference room. They can feel the similar level of anxiety by wearing VR headset.

I got the Verizon Fellowship, so I could get the support and team to develop the Virtual Reality application that I suppose. This fellowship will be ended at the end of next March.

This is final step. They practice how to use a script with the real interviewer to the job interview by using Mock interview workshop with National Stuttering Association.

Actually they already held the mock interview at Goldman Sachs and SAP this year. I will hold the Mock interview for my prototype with them next year.

This is my scoped plan. In January I will develop the prototype to test it. In February, I will gather prototype feedback.

In March, The products will be completed. In April, I will cooperate with the people from NSA chapter leaders to open the workshop and hold the final test.